Back in August 2010 Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) co-founder Paul Allen filed a lawsuit against Google, Facebook, Apple, eBay, Yahoo!, AOL, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, and YouTube over patent infringement. In December 2010, Allen’s case was thrown out by a federal judge in Seattle. U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman had told Allen that he had until December 28th to file an amended lawsuit because it was too vague.
Allen filed an expanded version of the lawsuit with more details about how the companies were violating his patents. The filing has about 40 exhibits that include screenshots of websites. Allen’s patent includes systems that automatically call up and display related content. This approach is used by many e-retailers.